Forget Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Felicity, and Ryan Gosling. Yes, all these former Mouseketeers enjoy tremendous commercial and popular success, but allow me to break it down: Annette Funicello has more talent in her left pinkie nail than ALL these clowns. (Does anyone else remember when La Funicello guest-starred as herself on Full House, and Michelle Tanner kept calling her “Annette Funny-Jell-O?” Well, I do.)
And don’t get me started on the musical superiority of the REAL former Disney Stars…Exhibit A:
The Party, “In My Dreams,” 1990
Formed entirely of cast members of The All New Mickey Mouse Club, The Party was everything a late ’80s/early ’90s band should be: young, energetic, multicultural, and composed of “triple threat” members. A triple threat is an entertainer who can sing, dance, and act, exactly the skill set of Albert Fields, Tiffini Hale, Chase Hampton, Deedee Magno, and Damon Pampolina.
The Party’s cover of Dokken’s “In My Dreams” is clearly noteworthy and likes to creep up on my “Lez Git Stoopid” iPod workout mix. Today, I hope it inspires you to jam and to keep chasing your